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Draft budget released for public comment

Draft budget released for public comment

Swan Hill Rural City Council’s 2018/19 draft budget has been released for public comment.

The budget proposes a 2.05 per cent average rate rise – which is less than the State Government’s
rate capping level of 2.25 per cent – and a moderate 3.4 per cent rise for kerbside rubbish collection
charges.

While the average rate rise is 2.05 per cent, the actual change for individual property owners will vary and will depend on the property’s new valuation which is based on a property’s value on 1 January 2018. The new valuations will apply from 1 July 2018.

Dryland farmers will also find that a higher discount has been applied to their rates this year, to
counteract high increases in property values and in a bid to distribute rate increases more equitably
across property types.

Mayor Les McPhee said the draft 2018/19 budget had been prepared to support the key result areas
in the Council Plan 2017-21, as well as other community goals identified through a range of forums
and consultations.

It includes $17.6 million in capital works, with additional funding for road and building maintenance
across the municipality. Additional funding has also been allocated for local communities to deliver
projects from their Community Plans.

Cr McPhee said core Council services had been maintained within the 2.25 per cent rate cap limit.

“While the rate cap poses challenges as we formulate and deliver each annual budget, Council is
determined to minimise financial pressure on the community, while maintaining, and in some cases
enhancing, community services,” he said.

“We have worked hard to get the balance right in this budget, and now encourage community
feedback.”

You can download a copy of the budget, or pick up a copy from Council offices in Swan Hill and Robinvale.

Submissions to the draft budget close on Friday, 1 June at 4pm. A Special Council

Meeting to receive and hear submissions will be held on Tuesday, 12 June at 12.30pm.

Submissions can be made online, via email to council@swanhill.vic.gov.au or in writing addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Swan Hill Rural City Council, PO Box 488, Swan Hill 3585.

Key dates

Monday, 14 May, 6pm

Budget information session at Swan Hill Region Information Centre. This session will also be livestreamed on Council’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, 16 May, 6pm

Budget information session at Robinvale Resource Centre.

Friday, 1 June, 4pm

Submissions to the draft budget close (please indicate in your submission whether you wish to speak to Councillors about it).

Tuesday, 12 June, 12.30pm

People wishing to speak to their submission can do so at the Special Council Meeting at the Swan Hill Town Hall. If no submissions are received, Council will consider whether to amend or adopt the budget.

Tuesday, 26 June, 5.30pm

If submissions are received, Council will consider whether to amend or adopt the budget at a Special Council Meeting at the Swan Hill Town Hall

Community highlights for 2018/19

Lake Boga

Plan and build the Lake Boga education hub $420,000*
Lake Boga Recreation Reserve playground $54,000
Community Plan implementation $20,000

Manangatang

Community Plan implementation $27,000

Nyah District

Resurface Nyah netball court $63,000
Nyah West Senior Citizens kitchen renewal $25,000
Scope and design performance stage and public toilets in Nyah West $20,000
Community Plan implementation $15,000

Beverford

Community Plan implementation $11,000

Boundary Bend

Community Plan implementation $58,000

Ultima

Community Plan implementation $10,000

Woorinen

Spoon drain work at Palmer and Monday streets, Woorinen South $28,000 (Roads to Recovery)
Community Plan implementation $10,000

Robinvale

Beautify Bromley Road $805,000*
Design and construct the Robinvale Town Levee $600,000*
Robinvale Community Centre building refurbishment $102,000
Robinvale Recreation Reserve playground $58,000
Community Plan implementation $34,000

Swan Hill

Deliver projects identified from the Swan Hill Riverfront Masterplan $1.87 million
Upgrade facilities at the Swan Hill Regional Livestock Exchange $1.15 million
Build Ken Harrison Reserve Soccer Pavilion $520,000*
Group fitness room at Swan Hill Leisure Centre $400,000*
Design for Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery redevelopment $300,000*
Reconstruct the Swan Hill Aerodrome runway and lighting $230,000
Upgrades to the Pioneer Settlement day product $150,000
Swan Hill CBD drainage upgrade stage 3, from Splatt to Beveridge $147,000
Milloo Street boat ramp extensions and upgrades $120,000
Swan Hill Indoor Sports Centre refurbishment $60,000

Other highlights

Sealed road reconstruction, resealing and shoulders $3.12 million (includes some Roads to Recovery
projects)
Unsealed road resheets $978,000 (includes some Roads to Recovery funded projects)
Footpaths major repairs and renewal $170,000
Disabled kerb crossings, Swan Hill and Robinvale $31,000
Bicycle paths construction $31,000*
New bus shelters $51,000*
Library collection purchases $130,000
L2P Learner Driver Program Swan Hill and Robinvale $69,000*
Playground equipment renewal and fencing $105,000

* Indicates total project cost is conditional on external funding